Definition of Entail

1. Noun. Land received by fee tail.

Generic synonyms: Acres, Demesne, Estate, Land, Landed Estate

2. Verb. Have as a logical consequence. "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
Exact synonyms: Imply, Mean
Generic synonyms: Necessitate
Derivative terms: Entailment, Implication, Implicative

3. Noun. The act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail from a fee simple.
Generic synonyms: Change

4. Verb. Impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result. "What does this move entail?"
Exact synonyms: Implicate
Generic synonyms: Lead
Derivative terms: Implication, Implication, Implication

5. Verb. Limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs.
Exact synonyms: Fee-tail
Generic synonyms: Bequeath, Leave, Will

Definition of Entail

1. n. That which is entailed.

2. v. t. To settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a person and his descendants or a certain line of descendants; -- said especially of an estate; to bestow as an heritage.

Definition of Entail

1. Noun. That which is entailed. Hence: ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To imply or require. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a person and his descendants or a certain line of descendants; -- said especially of an estate; to bestow as a heritage. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To appoint hereditary possessor. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To cut or carve in an ornamental way. ¹

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Definition of Entail

1. to restrict the inheritance of to a specified line of heirs [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Entail

ent-kaurene oxidase
ent-kaurenoic acid 13-hydroxylase
entail (current term)
ental origin

Literary usage of Entail

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Institute of the Law of Scotland: In Four Books : in the Order of Sir by John Erskine, George Mackenzie, James Ivory (1828)
"Substitutes, even remote ones, may apply summarily to the court of session to have the entail recorded ; Fac. Coll. ii. 24. (Nairne, March 10. ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The word entail, indeed, is often used before the 15th century, but generally in the sense of a simple destination alterable by every heir in possession. ..."

3. The Law of Scotland in Relation to Wills and Succession: Including the by John M'Laren (1868)
"The re-entaiL strictions required by the Statute are of a general character, and apply to all deeds falling within the three categories—of alienation, ..."

4. A Handbook of Husband and Wife According to the Law of Scotland by Frederick Parker Walton (1893)
"A husband cannot by making an entail of his estates defeat his widow's right to terce. But a third party granting an entail is in a different position. ..."

5. The Law Reports by John Fraser Macqueen, Great Britain Parliament. House of Lords (1869)
"But surely this only shews that when the subject of the entail is divided the entail ends, because its subject is destroyed. This does not afford any ground ..."

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